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Joint Training for Night Air Warfare

By Brian W. McLean

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The author's contention is that training for night air operations, particularly with our sister services, is in its infancy. Using his personal experience he sets out to recommend better uses of the training facilities of all the services to improve the situation . After examining the history of joint operations and night air operations, presenting a hypothetical joint night scenario to show the tremendous challenges of such operations, and describing the current status of joint night training programs, the author recommends a phased building-block approach that should increase the Air Force's capability to perform both single-service and joint operations any time of the day or night. This will ensure that we train as we plan to fight in future air operations.

Table of Contents
1 HISTORY AND BACKGROUND . . . . . . . . . . 1 Joint Operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Night Operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 2 DOING IT IN THE DARK THE CHALLENGE . . 17 Operation Tae Kwon Do . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Mission Planning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Offensive Counterair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Defensive Counterair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 On-Call Close Air Support . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Mission Execution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Offensive Counterair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Defensive Counterair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 On-Call Close Air Support . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Mission Feasibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 PHOTO SECTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 3 CURRENT TRAINING PROGRAMS . . . . . . . 61 Requirements for Realistic Training . . . . . . .62 Red Flag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 Naval Strike Warfare Center . . . . . . . . . . . .71 National Training Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Twehtynine Palms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Cope Thunder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Team Spirit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Summary . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 4 CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS . .83 Expanding Air Force Night Capability . . . . . 85 Recommendation 1 : Implement Red Flag 2000 Proposal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Recommendation 2: Initiate Annual Night Cope Thunder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Expanding Joint Capability . . . . . . . . . . . . .88 Recommendation 3: Develop More Extensive Joint Force Tactics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Recommendation 4: Expand Formal Joint Training Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Recommendation 5: Begin Mission Commanders' School at Red Flag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .90 Recommendation 6: Initiate Annual Unified Command Red Flag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 Developing Joint Night Capability . . . . . . . 93 Recommendation 7: Expand Joint Night Training at Each Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Recommendation 8: Increase Joint Night Operations at Team Spirit . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Recommendation 9: Develop an Annual Unified Command Exercise . . . . . . . . . . . .94

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Title: Joint Training for Night Air Warfare  
Author: Brian W. McLean
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Language: English
Subject: Non Fiction, Military Science, Military
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10/12/2012
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